Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After this course, the student will be able to identify and analyze ethical, social, environmental, and international issues in the field of economics.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 26.02.2024 - 18.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Matti Liski

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course covers a selection of important societal challenges such as the causes and consequences of economic inequality, economics of an aging population, economic effects of immigration, climate change, trade wars, and political economy of polarization.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Final examination, problem sets, reading assignments, class contribution

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, exercises, assignments and independent work. Total 160h.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Core project: The Economy and additional reading materials

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Spring IV

    Enrollment :

    A maximum of 65 students can be accepted to the course. Priority is given to:
    1.) Students in BSc programme in Economics
    2.) Students in BSc programme in Science and Technology and Students in BSc programme in Design
    3.) Other Aalto students.